Hayden Despenas

Hayden Despenas portrait

Hayden was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. He wants to help other children with muscular dystrophy by raising money for research. Hayden also serves as an honorary firefighter with the Mason City Fire Department.

Like mother, like daughter

Elizabeth Faine headshot

For the first time, the 100 Great Iowa Nurses honor a mother and daughter in the same year.

Inner circle

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital nurses show creativity, collaboration through painting project.

UI team receives grant from Children’s Tumor Foundation to study rare genetic disorder

University of Iowa scientists will develop a pig model for Neurofibromatosis type 1 to improve understanding of the disease and advance therapy.